About The Crest Academy

Crest Academy Middle School

Where Learning is an Adventure


We are a small, non-traditional option, designed to meet the unique needs of middle-school students by harnessing their natural curiosity, guiding them to explore interests and creating a safe-place to become a thriving teen. Our students leave well-prepared for high school and beyond.

Our motto is: "A Child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit."

    How do we light this lamp?

 We ignite the student's excitement for school through adventure, authenticity and passion projects.


Past and Future Adventures:

  • Camping, rafting, hiking, biking and climbing overnights and day trips
  • Museums, Plays, Workshops in the big city
  • Career and College Visits to get the wheels turning
  • Field Studies: like water quality citizen science project River Watch
  • Market Night: Annual event to design and sell products for a profit
  • Outdoor Classrooms: we learn at the lake, in a fort, on a river or a trail
  • Llama trekking is one of our favorites and we are headed out with this furry friends this fall
  • Ancient civilizations: Crow Canyon, Mesa Verde and sacred places keep us curious about those who have been here before us
  • Class travel: 8th grade trips of note are a Pacific Northwest Train Trip, San Diego and Costa Rica


Authentic Learning means a way to study subjects that builds skills that transfers to the "real world" we offer classes in these areas.


  • Core studies: Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Engineering
  • Ecology, Gardening
  • Art, Drama, Music
  • PE, Dance, Biking, Snow sports
  • We also study with professional scientists, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, chefs and more


Students complete 6 passion projects/year. These are driven by student interest and guided by highly-qualified educators. Projects cover content areas and build skills like time management, organization, public speaking and research.

Projects are a fun and innovative tool to keep middle schoolers engaged, curious and excited about learning.

Community Connections

We spend time each month focused on service learning in Salida.
Our partners include:GARNA, Salida Community Center,
Columbine Manor, and Holman Gardens to name a few.

We like to utilize the community as a classroom by seeking experts in their fields, listening to local story-telling, and by becoming involved citizens who take action and respond to issues in our town. Lastly, we consider our students family's to be the Crest extended family. We hope you will take part in our  family friendly events, encourage you to participate as a school volunteer, join a book study and celebrate our accomplishments with us.


How do we get is all done AND prepare for High School?

Education Experts call it "Interdisciplinary".


By combining subject areas we have an efficient curriculum that is rigorous enough to exceed high-school readiness skills AND offers an experience that is playful, connected, socially respectful and individualized based on student ability and interest.

Contact Jill Davis for more information or to come visit:
719-207-1401, jdavis@salidaschools.org

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